King County executive appoints public defense chief

July 10, 2012

By Staff

King County Executive Dow Constantine appointed longtime attorney David Chapman to lead the Office of Public Defense — a county agency responsible for providing aid to people unable to afford legal representation.

Constantine selected Chapman, a former pro tempore judge in King and Pierce counties, after a national search. Chapman is due to start in the role July 30.

“Dave Chapman’s great breadth of knowledge and his first-hand experience with so many aspects of the criminal justice system — as a judge, as a prosecutor, as a public defender and as a private attorney — make him uniquely qualified to lead our office of public defense through the coming years,” Constantine said in a statement.

Chapman earned a law degree from the Seattle University School of Law in 1981 and most recently served as a private practice attorney.

“King County has shown a strong commitment to providing access to justice and appointing counsel for those who could not afford it,” he said in a statement. “I look forward to working within the King County justice system to continue to improve our delivery of public defense services.”

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